Netanyahu and Liberman meet to discuss forming of government

The Prime Minister and leader of Yisrael Beytenu will convene to discuss the coalition negotiations and the issue of the draft bill. MK Yair Lapid to MK Avigdor Liberman: "Do not give up."

May 22, 2019 13:10
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Avigdor Liberman and Benjamin Netanyahu. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)


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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman will meet on Wednesday to discuss the coalition negotiations and discuss the fate of the government and the issue of the draft bill. Earlier, Netanyahu met with Shas leader Arye Deri.

MK Yair Lapid wrote to Liberman on his Twitter account: "You are meeting today with Netanyahu. Tell him you have all the fingers you need from the opposition to pass the bill for pensions for the Olim. Do not give up."

In addition, the Likud-United Torah Judaism meeting, that was expected to take place on Wednesday, was postponed due to the Lag B'Omer celebrations.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's intention to increase the number of ministers in the government puts the carpenters and logistics workers in the Knesset on alert, as this will require the cabinet to be enlarged in the plenum.

In 2009, when the number of ministers reached a peak of 30, it was decided to order from a special carpentry shop an "internal hoof" for the usual government cabinet. For this purpose, it was necessary to dig under the floor of the hall and pass electricity and computer cables under the rug and even purchase additional deer leather armchairs.

Since then, the internal table has been assembled and dismantled as necessary, depending on the size of the governments. Now, in light of the predictions that the new government will appoint at least 26 ministers, the Knesset is waiting for the Prime Minister's announcement that he has succeeded in forming a new government to pull out the internal desk and connect all the computer and electricity cables, including the connections to the voting system.

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